Hi, I'm new to the forum and have some questions regarding breastfeeding/prolonged bleeding after childbirth and herbal remedies. Let me start from the delivery. I gave birth to my son 8 1/2 weeks ago after 30+ hours of labor, and it seemed then that everything my husband and I had hoped of having a natural childbirth would not be achieved. My son, who was eight days late had his head turned wrong, and after so many hours of labor we decided that I should have potocin and an epidural because at 8 centimeters my contractions were getting further apart rather than closer together. When his head came out, the doctor said she would have to cut the cord then because it was wrapped around my son's neck, so my husband was not able to do that. Despite my concerns about breastfeeding, (I'm small chested), in the hospital my son and I were off to a great start with breastfeeding, he had a good latch, so my husband and I thought I would at least be able to successfully breastfeed. But we were wrong. After we were home things began to go wrong, my son was not having enough output, so we called the hospitals LC, who said not to worry. We also called his pediatrician's office where we got the same response from the receptionist. Needless to say, we brought our son to his first checkup when he was 9 days old and his weight went from 9 pounds at birth to 7 pounds 13 ounces. The doctor acted as though we were criminals for allowing our son to become dehydrated, and ordered him to drink 3 ounces of formula from a bottle before we could go and if he didn't she was going to admit him to get iv of fluids. My son did drink the formula and that started his supplementing and my emotional roller coaster of anger and guilt.
He is doing fine now, getting his nurishment from formula and comfort nursing from me. I now think that I have insufficient glandular tissue, but I still wanted to try and increase my milk production because my son was seeming to want more formula every two-three weeks. I thought if I increase my milk I may not have to give him more formula. A few weeks ago I decided to try fenugreek/blessed thistle after researching it online. I immediately saw an increase in my milk but a couple days later I began to have what seemed to be my period. After a week it appeared to be over, but I still continue to spot/feel cramping. I don't nknow if it is normal but I have been bleeding everyday since I delivered. My question is, do herbal pills cause bleeding, and is it normal to bleed for so long after childbirth?
I have had such a hard time with not being able to produce enough milk. I am the first person out of all my aunts/sisters, etc. to try to breast feed and still try after needing to supplement. I wanted to give this gift to my children but I guess I am not physically able to do so completely. I feel like such a failure sometimes, and told my grandma, who breastfeed 14 children successfully that I don't have Post partum depression, but I feel that these breastfeeding issues will make me develop it.
Sorry for the long post, I just had to vent. Any help/advice is greatly appreciated.